Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #23932
 
1The use of recreational marijuana was approved by California voters in 2016, and since January 1, 2018, adults in California have been able to buy marijuana in licensed shops. Has legalizing recreational marijuana been a good thing or bad thing for California society? Or, has it made no difference?
600 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceUse Before LegalUse Since LegaliEducationIncomeUrbanity
Credibility Interval: ± 5.4 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / YesNoYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KUrbanSuburbanRural
Good Thing49%55%43%57%45%39%58%52%45%49%**52%36%78%36%84%35%49%49%49%46%53%48%47%51%46%
Bad Thing20%19%21%17%21%27%11%19%23%17%**24%23%5%28%4%28%19%20%20%19%21%20%25%16%20%
No Difference22%20%24%20%27%18%23%23%20%26%**14%28%13%26%10%27%17%21%25%23%20%23%22%23%15%
Not Sure9%5%12%6%6%16%8%6%13%7%**11%13%4%10%3%10%15%9%6%12%7%9%6%10%19%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%50%50%35%28%26%10%63%37%47%5%33%15%30%66%30%68%18%44%38%32%39%30%41%51%9%
 
2Has legalizing recreational marijuana been good or bad for California's state economy? Or, has it made no difference?
600 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceUse Before LegalUse Since LegaliEducationIncomeUrbanity
Credibility Interval: ± 5.3 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / YesNoYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KUrbanSuburbanRural
Good57%62%51%60%60%49%53%60%50%56%**61%44%76%48%81%47%54%55%60%50%60%58%53%60%50%
Bad9%10%8%8%7%16%4%8%12%8%**14%5%3%12%2%12%10%13%5%9%11%7%12%6%14%
No Difference20%16%24%15%20%22%30%17%24%19%**19%26%9%25%9%25%22%21%18%23%15%22%23%18%17%
Not Sure14%12%17%17%13%14%13%15%14%18%**6%25%11%15%8%17%15%12%17%18%13%12%12%16%18%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%50%50%35%28%26%10%63%37%47%5%33%15%30%66%30%68%18%44%38%32%39%30%41%51%9%
 
3Has legalizing recreational marijuana caused crime to increase? Caused crime to decrease? Or, has it made no difference?
600 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceUse Before LegalUse Since LegaliEducationIncomeUrbanity
Credibility Interval: ± 5.4 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / YesNoYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KUrbanSuburbanRural
Increase17%14%19%18%17%17%9%18%14%14%**20%21%9%20%9%20%21%16%16%18%16%15%20%13%19%
Decrease23%27%19%35%17%15%18%27%16%19%**30%12%37%16%36%16%26%22%22%22%29%16%22%23%28%
No Difference44%46%42%35%50%45%60%42%49%49%**39%43%47%44%48%44%37%46%47%41%41%53%44%47%33%
Not Sure16%13%19%12%16%24%14%14%21%18%**11%24%7%20%8%20%17%16%16%19%14%16%14%17%20%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%50%50%35%28%26%10%63%37%47%5%33%15%30%66%30%68%18%44%38%32%39%30%41%51%9%
 
4Is marijuana good for people's health? Bad for people's health? Or does it have no impact on people's health?
600 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceUse Before LegalUse Since LegaliEducationIncomeUrbanity
Credibility Interval: ± 5.4 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / YesNoYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KUrbanSuburbanRural
Good 43%42%45%47%41%43%39%44%42%42%**46%34%69%32%73%31%53%47%34%51%46%33%42%45%42%
Bad25%28%21%21%27%25%26%24%26%24%**25%30%8%33%5%34%13%23%32%17%25%32%27%24%16%
Has No Impact15%15%15%18%14%12%13%17%12%18%**11%13%16%14%15%15%21%11%17%18%14%14%17%13%16%
Not Sure 17%15%20%14%17%20%22%15%20%15%**18%22%7%21%7%21%14%18%18%14%16%21%14%18%26%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%50%50%35%28%26%10%63%37%47%5%33%15%30%66%30%68%18%44%38%32%39%30%41%51%9%
 
5Compared to tobacco cigarettes, do you think marijuana cigarettes are less of a hazard to people's health? More of a hazard? Or about the same?
600 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceUse Before LegalUse Since LegaliEducationIncomeUrbanity
Credibility Interval: ± 5.4 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / YesNoYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KUrbanSuburbanRural
Less Of a Hazard53%58%49%62%48%47%53%56%49%52%**58%38%78%42%74%44%64%53%48%57%53%50%50%56%52%
More Of a Hazard13%14%12%14%11%17%4%13%13%12%**14%17%5%17%6%16%7%13%15%14%14%10%16%11%10%
About The Same28%24%33%20%34%31%36%26%32%31%**26%31%16%34%15%34%22%29%31%23%29%33%30%28%22%
Not Sure6%5%7%4%8%5%8%6%6%5%**3%14%1%7%4%5%7%5%6%6%4%7%4%5%16%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%50%50%35%28%26%10%63%37%47%5%33%15%30%66%30%68%18%44%38%32%39%30%41%51%9%
 
6Before the legalization of recreational marijuana, did you use marijuana?
600 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceUse Before LegalUse Since LegaliEducationIncomeUrbanity
Credibility Interval: ± 5.1 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / YesNoYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KUrbanSuburbanRural
Yes30%35%26%38%27%26%23%33%25%32%**29%20%100%0%76%11%39%27%29%34%31%25%30%32%23%
No66%61%71%57%68%72%75%62%73%64%**67%74%0%100%24%87%53%69%69%60%66%73%67%65%65%
Not Sure4%4%4%5%5%2%2%5%2%3%**4%5%0%0%0%2%8%4%2%6%3%2%3%3%12%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%50%50%35%28%26%10%63%37%47%5%33%15%30%66%30%68%18%44%38%32%39%30%41%51%9%
 
7How often did you use marijuana before legalization? Almost never? A couple of times a year? About once a month? About once a week? A couple times a week? Or daily?
204 Who Used Before LegalizationAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceUse Before LegalUse Since LegaliEducationIncomeUrbanity
Credibility Interval: ± 8.8 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / YesNoYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KUrbanSuburbanRural
Almost Never15%14%16%11%21%13%26%14%16%13%18%12%29%14%**8%36%20%9%18%15%13%19%22%11%10%
Couple Times a Year22%18%28%26%21%15%24%24%18%24%17%24%14%25%**21%30%20%21%26%22%22%23%24%23%12%
About Once a Month8%6%11%11%5%5%8%9%5%9%3%6%13%9%**11%2%5%11%7%6%8%11%3%12%6%
About Once a Week8%8%7%8%9%3%15%8%6%9%18%4%6%8%**10%2%3%10%8%8%10%3%11%7%0%
Couple Times a Week20%29%7%9%22%43%4%14%33%16%3%33%9%21%**22%14%16%14%28%19%21%18%15%23%23%
Daily21%20%21%25%14%19%20%21%19%21%41%17%17%23%**28%8%30%25%10%23%21%17%22%18%29%
Not Sure7%4%10%10%7%1%4%9%2%8%0%4%13%1%**0%9%7%9%4%8%5%8%4%7%20%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%0%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Who Used Before Legalization100%57%43%44%27%22%8%71%29%49%7%32%12%89%0%67%26%25%40%35%37%39%24%39%52%9%
 
8Since the legalization of recreational marijuana, have you used marijuana?
600 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceUse Before LegalUse Since LegaliEducationIncomeUrbanity
Credibility Interval: ± 5 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / YesNoYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KUrbanSuburbanRural
Yes30%29%31%38%25%31%18%32%27%30%**32%23%75%11%100%0%39%26%30%33%31%26%28%31%35%
No68%68%67%59%73%67%82%65%71%68%**65%74%25%89%0%100%57%71%69%63%67%73%72%67%52%
Not Sure2%2%2%3%2%2%0%3%1%2%**3%3%0%0%0%0%4%3%1%4%2%1%1%2%13%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%50%50%35%28%26%10%63%37%47%5%33%15%30%66%30%68%18%44%38%32%39%30%41%51%9%
 
9How often have you used marijuana since legalization?
181 Who Used Since LegalizationAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceUse Before LegalUse Since LegaliEducationIncomeUrbanity
Credibility Interval: ± 9.8 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / YesNoYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KUrbanSuburbanRural
Almost Never8%10%6%10%7%6%0%9%5%7%18%7%10%8%9%8%**16%5%6%13%2%11%14%4%5%
Couple Times a Year17%13%21%19%8%19%23%15%20%16%6%21%12%13%29%17%**13%12%24%8%20%24%21%17%0%
About Once a Month18%12%24%17%25%15%16%20%15%18%3%24%13%16%24%18%**16%22%16%20%11%28%15%21%14%
About Once a Week8%10%5%8%8%6%10%8%7%10%9%0%21%8%6%8%**12%8%5%7%12%2%7%8%10%
Couple Times a Week20%27%13%9%25%34%16%15%31%21%12%23%14%22%14%20%**4%22%28%20%25%12%9%27%22%
Daily27%27%27%34%21%19%29%29%21%26%52%23%25%32%10%27%**34%32%17%30%26%23%33%19%45%
Not Sure3%1%4%2%6%0%6%3%1%2%0%3%6%0%9%3%**6%0%3%2%4%0%1%3%3%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%0%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Who Used Since Legalization100%49%51%44%23%27%6%67%33%46%7%36%12%76%24%100%0%24%38%38%34%40%26%37%53%10%
 
10When you buy marijuana, do you buy it at a licensed shop? At an unlicensed shop? Off the street? Or do you never buy marijuana?
181 Who Used Since LegalizationAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceUse Before LegalUse Since LegaliEducationIncomeUrbanity
Credibility Interval: ± 8.6 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / YesNoYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KUrbanSuburbanRural
At a Licensed Shop74%72%76%72%81%70%83%75%73%72%94%80%57%77%68%74%**60%77%81%64%85%72%73%78%63%
At An Unlicensed Shop2%3%2%3%4%0%0%4%0%2%6%2%3%3%0%2%**2%2%3%2%3%2%3%2%0%
Off The Street5%6%3%5%3%5%6%4%5%8%0%2%3%6%0%5%**9%5%2%9%1%4%6%3%11%
Never Buy 16%15%16%17%10%20%11%14%18%13%0%17%31%11%30%16%**27%12%12%21%9%18%15%15%20%
Not Sure3%4%2%2%2%5%0%2%4%5%0%0%5%3%3%3%**3%4%2%5%1%3%4%2%6%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%0%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Who Used Since Legalization100%49%51%44%23%27%6%67%33%46%7%36%12%76%24%100%0%24%38%38%34%40%26%37%53%10%
 
11When you buy marijuana, how much do you spend at a time? Less than $10? Between $10 and $25? Between $25 and $50? Or more than that?
153 Who Buy MarijuanaAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceUse Before LegalUse Since LegaliEducationIncomeUrbanity
Credibility Interval: ± 10.7 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / YesNoYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KUrbanSuburbanRural
<$1010%13%6%10%10%9%6%10%8%9%18%5%21%10%7%10%**19%8%7%13%6%10%16%6%8%
$10-$2534%29%39%34%33%35%30%34%34%28%52%41%23%28%57%34%**29%43%27%36%34%29%42%25%50%
$25-$5036%37%34%33%34%43%25%34%40%34%15%42%36%38%24%36%**20%33%46%32%45%23%23%44%36%
More20%20%20%23%18%13%38%21%18%28%14%12%15%22%12%20%**32%15%19%18%11%37%18%24%6%
Not Sure1%1%1%0%4%0%0%2%0%1%0%0%6%1%0%1%**0%1%1%0%3%0%1%1%0%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%0%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Who Buy Marijuana100%49%51%43%25%26%6%68%32%47%8%35%9%80%20%100%0%20%40%40%32%43%25%38%53%9%
 
12Why do you use marijuana? For your health? For recreation? For both your health and for recreation? Or for some other reason?
181 Who Used Since LegalizationAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceUse Before LegalUse Since LegaliEducationIncomeUrbanity
Credibility Interval: ± 9.8 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / YesNoYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KUrbanSuburbanRural
Health36%32%41%29%44%41%45%34%42%37%21%35%46%30%57%36%**46%37%30%41%31%38%38%31%63%
Recreation23%29%18%26%12%33%6%21%28%21%12%29%22%26%14%23%**14%13%39%17%28%25%14%33%6%
Both 36%35%37%43%37%22%49%41%27%39%68%30%26%40%26%36%**35%44%29%36%41%28%40%34%31%
Other4%3%5%3%8%3%0%5%2%3%0%5%7%4%3%4%**4%6%2%6%0%8%7%2%0%
Not Sure0%-------------------------
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%0%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Who Used Since Legalization100%49%51%44%23%27%6%67%33%46%7%36%12%76%24%100%0%24%38%38%34%40%26%37%53%10%
 
13Since the beginning of the year, have you gone to work or to school after having used marijuana?
181 Who Used Since LegalizationAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceUse Before LegalUse Since LegaliEducationIncomeUrbanity
Credibility Interval: ± 8.1 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / YesNoYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KUrbanSuburbanRural
Yes20%23%18%25%35%4%0%29%3%16%44%19%27%24%9%20%**20%25%15%28%19%12%21%16%38%
No79%76%81%75%61%96%95%70%96%82%56%81%70%75%90%79%**80%73%84%72%81%84%78%82%62%
Not Sure1%2%1%0%4%0%5%1%1%2%0%0%4%1%2%1%**0%2%1%0%0%5%1%1%0%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%0%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Who Used Since Legalization100%49%51%44%23%27%6%67%33%46%7%36%12%76%24%100%0%24%38%38%34%40%26%37%53%10%
 
14What time of the day do you usually use marijuana? In the morning? In the afternoon? In the evening? Does it vary? Or do you use marijuana throughout the day when you are using it?
181 Who Used Since LegalizationAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceUse Before LegalUse Since LegaliEducationIncomeUrbanity
Credibility Interval: ± 9.7 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / YesNoYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KUrbanSuburbanRural
Morning7%8%5%7%14%1%0%9%1%6%8%8%3%8%2%7%**8%4%8%10%3%7%12%2%10%
Afternoon8%8%7%12%6%1%17%10%4%8%6%11%0%10%1%8%**12%7%6%9%8%7%10%7%5%
Evening57%55%60%54%54%69%39%54%64%61%27%55%67%54%66%57%**42%51%72%50%58%65%42%68%56%
Varies13%12%15%12%8%16%38%10%20%12%12%16%10%12%19%13%**17%19%6%14%16%8%22%9%5%
Throughout The Day13%15%12%14%16%11%6%15%10%11%47%10%14%15%8%13%**17%18%6%18%11%10%12%13%24%
Not Sure2%3%1%2%2%1%0%2%1%2%0%0%7%1%3%2%**4%1%1%0%3%2%3%1%0%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%0%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Who Used Since Legalization100%49%51%44%23%27%6%67%33%46%7%36%12%76%24%100%0%24%38%38%34%40%26%37%53%10%
 
15Do you grow your own marijuana?
181 Who Used Since LegalizationAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceUse Before LegalUse Since LegaliEducationIncomeUrbanity
Credibility Interval: ± 6.8 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / YesNoYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KUrbanSuburbanRural
Yes11%14%8%12%12%11%0%12%9%11%6%8%21%12%7%11%**11%10%12%12%8%12%11%9%19%
No86%80%91%85%81%89%100%84%91%86%88%89%76%84%91%86%**86%85%87%83%88%86%85%87%81%
Not Sure3%6%1%3%8%0%0%5%0%3%6%3%4%4%2%3%**4%5%1%4%3%2%4%4%0%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%0%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Who Used Since Legalization100%49%51%44%23%27%6%67%33%46%7%36%12%76%24%100%0%24%38%38%34%40%26%37%53%10%
 
** Too few respondents of this type were interviewed for this data to be meaningful.